Rose & Young site, Caterham
Empty since 1985
Art deco curves all boarded up right in the centre of an affluent south-eastern high street.
Previously an upmarket Mercedes garage and originally built for the Rootes family who manufactured classic cars.The showroom has since passed through several owners at a time when town centre changes were contemplated but never materialised. The current owner apparently still collects rent in the area but doesn’t appear to think he has any responsibility to deal with the blighted site.
After years of hoping the problem would go away, the council set up a working group in parallel with local action groups. They are now working together to promote a CPO which will lead to the redevelopment of this important site, aligned with the emerging neighbourhood plan.